1. Figures -- The fastest, easiest way to decorate is by simply hanging iconic Halloween figures from your fence rails. Bats, rats, ghosts, Frankensteins, scary clowns, or skeletons swaying in the chilly autumn breeze will create instant atmosphere for October 31. Make them pop by applying luminous craft paint -- if you dare -- and attach them to your fencing with sturdy finishing line, which is well-nigh invisible under the night sky.
2. Lights -- String your fence with rows of fairy lights emblazoned with jack-o-lanterns or black cats on an orange background -- tres Halloween. Or substitute eerie black light to show off your fluorescent decorations. Artfully placed candles and lanterns will exaggerate the spooky effect even more, but stick to fire-safe battery-operated or LED versions of these lights for your fence ornaments -- your goal is to make Halloween frightening in a good way.
3.Wreaths -- Normally seen as a homey symbol of hospitality, horrid Halloween wreaths strung up on your fencing say "Welcome to my nightmare" instead. Craft them out of wire, spiky twigs, or dead flowers and then adorn with any or all of the following grab bag of goodies: rubber spiders, ravens, witches' hats, oversized googly eyes, papier-mache bones, faux fangs, and shrunken heads -- the petrifying possibilities are almost endless.
4.Chains -- Add the finishing touch to your fence cover up with inexpensive but very effective plastic chains (purchasable by the yard), in shivery shades of black, metallic, or rust -- coordinating handcuffs or leg shackles are optional.
5.Signs -- Signs with meaningful messages are very trendy throughout the home right now, so why should your Halloween fence be left out? Create signposts that point the way to the cemetery or haunted house, and warn potential guests to beware and enter at their own risk. Our personal favorite sign sayings are "Keep calm and scary on," "Happy Halloween," or a straightforward "Boo!"
Have fun making things scary and fun this Halloween!
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This disease has impacted many of those around us including family, friends, loved-ones, co-workers... you name it. Education and and early detection are the key to beating this desease. You can find information on early detection and other Breast Cancer Awareness resources at www.NationalBreastCancer.org. Spread the word!
Another summer has come and gone as the start of another school year commences next week. We know the first couple weeks of school can be loathsome, so here are 5 tips for making the transition to school from summer easier for both you and your child.
- If your child is anxious about their first day back, point out the positive aspects of starting school. They’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years, when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.
- Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy. Try upgrading your child’s breakfast with something nutritious and see difference it makes!
- If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load.
- Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
- Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents is in the range of 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.
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Just because your wood fence looks good in the sun, doesn’t mean it’s in tip top shape! Here’s a tip on maintaining your fence this summer (original article from referwork.com):
Look at the entire fencing and also the end cuts. For split-rail fencing, pay particular attention to the post tops since these collect water and have a tendency to begin to soften, and deteriorate. These areas can be treated to help prolong the fence life. But you will have to determine whether staining or painting is necessary for appearance and function. Some additional preparation might be called for, such as sanding by mechanical means.
If you need help with general maintenance on your fence this summer, give us a call at 863.688.1194.